Saving Money without Sacrificing Comfort

A few tips to help...

Filters, Vents, and Thermostat

1. Change your filters Monthly. While most filters says 60 days or 90 days;     the best practice is to change them monthly. As the filter get dirty, your       airflow will start to decrease. This leads to increased run times.


2. Keep your vents and returns unobstructed. Removing ANY obstructions      from vents and returns will insure maximum air flow through the                    ductwork and your house. Providing the best air flow and comfort


3. Unit Maintenance - At least once per year have your unit serviced ( we recommend twice a year, especially with Gas Furnaces). This can save up to 12% in maintenance costs, averted repairs, and high utilities.

Humidity and Condensors

4. Humidify in the Winter, Dehumidify in the Summer

     The humidity in the air is the BIGGEST factor in your comfort levels. As         humidity falls you will begin to fill colder and as the humidity increases         you will begin to feel warmer. Use this to your advantage to stay                     comfortable. 

5. Keeping your outdoor unit clean and unobstructed. Rinsing off your              outdoor unit and keeping bushes, fences and other obstructions away        from your unit will provide maximum airflow through the coils to insure        proper heat transfer. This will help keep you comfortable and utilities            lower.

6. Insure the area around the Unit in a minimum 18". Also insure when a            new unit is installed there is 18" off the wall and sometimes up to 36"            (always refer to instruction manual for proper distances!)



Maintenance

7. Set your thermostat to the lowest (heating) or highest (cooling)                      temperature you are comfortable at. Every degree you change the                thermostat increases your utility bill by 2-5%.

8. If the house is empty for 8 or more hours a day you can setback your          thermostat up to 8 degree or 10%. This can save 5% - 9% on your                  utilities (If you unit is sized and installed properly)

9. On comfortable days; turn on the fan and open a few doors and                    windows. This will not only help with utilities but can help with indoor            air quality. Most homes are so tightly sealed that the air can become            stagnant.

Ductwork, Doors and Windows

10. Check to make sure your weather striping on windows and doors are in        good repair. Letting unconditioned air into your home can affect your            comfort level and hamper your HVAC needs.

11. Have your duct-work checked for leakage. One report stated the                   average home loses up to 1 ton of air conditioning into unconditioned           space. Not only is this a waste of utilities, but the loss of air will cause           the home to pull MORE air from outside the house, causing prolong run       times and increased/decreased humidity.

12. Use a pleated filter. BUT use the cheapest one. Remember, the more            filtration that the filter provides also DECREASES the rate at which air          moves through the filter. If increased filtration is required please                      consult a Licensed HVAC company to help with your needs.